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The Village Council Met Last Mon-
day Night and Transacted Con-
siderable Business.
A Telephone Ordinance Caused Quite
a Discussion--Action Postponed
to Next Meeting.
The village council met in regular
session last Monday night, all mem
bers being present. The minutes of
the last meeting were read and which
showed bills audited and allowed
amounting to $521.56. Mr. Caley
started the ball rolling for the evening
by making a motion to the effect that
the amount in the village fund of
about $800 be set over to the electric
light fund and paid on the blanket or
der of $3,100 given by the village to
the Citizens State Bank a year ago.
The motion of Mr. Caley also called
for the transfer of the next two saloon
licenses to the electric light fund and
the payment of the amount toward the
order, and also the amount due the
village from the next tax settlement.
This meant that the village treasury
was to be pumped dry for a partial
liquidation of the old electric light
fund order, and it did not take long
for the council to become involved in
a pretty hot discussion of village
finances. The thing was carried to a
point which entitled the question to be
classified with the knotty problem of
'How Old is Ann?" Trustees Libby
and Craig and Recorder Borden op
posed the motion to thus strap the vil
lage. The recorder stated that there
was a balance left in the electric light
fund of about $900 and while this was
to the credit of that fund it would have
to be used to pay electric light orders
in order of their issue according to a
recent State law. Mr. Caley during
the discussion stated that it was all
rot to have two funds, the electric and
general fund, and thought that it
would be all right for the purposes of
bookkeeping, but not for the .regular
transaction of business, but no action
was taken by the council to merge the
two funds into one. During the dis
cussion there was all kinds of opin
ions pro and con on a whole lot of
matters not exactly pertinent to the
question, and President Cooney
seconded the motion for the purpose of
getting the council to make some dis
position of the question which was
finally put and was lost by a vote of
three to two. After this light began
to dawn on the council and a motion
of the recorder that the balance in the
village fund should be taken and ap
plied on the blanket order was car
ried. Trustee Libby made a motion
that all that portion of the balance in
the electric fund remaining after all
electric orders were paid should be ap
plied to the order and this motion car
ried also. The council appeared to
be very willing to place all money to
the credit of the order so long as the
future payments into the village
treasury were not anticipated and or
dered paid on the order. The council
thought that some money would be
needed for street work and other pur
poses. This ended the finance matter
for the time and there will be no more
trouble for a while.
Trustee Caley asked for permission
to pile wood on the vacant village lot
adjoining the power house and he was
granted the privilege.
An application for the appointment
as street commissioner by C. C. Tem
ple was presented to the council, and
Ben Soule was present and also made
an application to the council for the
same position, and the council engaged
his servcies for the present season at
the rate of $3 per day for man and
team for actual time put in.
On motion of Trustee Craig the
salary of the recorder was fixed at the
rate of $150 per year. This brought
up the matter of bookkeeping and
Trustee Caley ob]ected to having the
books and reports show a list of as
sets each year which properly speaking
are not assets of the village,. He did
not think that the bridges and the
crosswalks, etc., should be listed as
assets, and in view of the present con
dition of some of the new crosswalks
his contention was well taken. As the
matter of assets was something that
came up only once a year in the an
nual report the question was left for
subsequent action.
The next matter that came up for
consideration was the report of the
committee that was appointed to draft
an agreement or ordinance which
would give the Rural Telephone Co.
some tangible rights and status in the
village. As was stated in the Union
last week the committee had thought
best to draft a general ordinance that
would apply in the future to all indi
viduals or corporations that might
wish to establish a telephone system in
the village. Dr. Cooney started in to
make his report but had not gone far
when he was interrupted by the oppon
ents of the general ordinance, the na
ture of which was known to all inter
ested. Dr. Armitage and his attorr
ney, C. A. Dickey, were present to be
heard. Trustee Caley stated at the
start that he was opposed to any gen
eral ordinance which would allow
everybody to do a telephone business
in the village. C. A.'Dickey stated
that when Dr. Armitage asked for per
mision to do a telephone business in
the village he was given a permit more
or less general in its nature, though
restricting him to certain streets in the
stringing of wires. The contract that
the Rural company wanted was to be
more explicit in its provisions so that
the company could feel like it was
protected in its rights and privileges.
Mr. Dickey attacked the provisions of
the ordinance as drafted and called at
tention to the provision for a gross
earnings tax which he thought was
illegal and could not be levied by the
council. Dr. Armitage stated that the
laws of Pennsylvania and Minnesota
were very similar in the matter of a
gross earnings tax for telegraph and
telephone companies and said that the
law had been tested in Pennsylvania
where a certain village had attempted
to levy a tax of a dollar a year on
each telephone pole and the courts
said that a village had no such rights.
Dr. Armitage stated that his tele
phone business was growing at a rate
he never contemplated when he asked
for permission to construct lines in the
village. The company now has a hun
dred miles of wire strung in the vil
lage and 200 miles between Santiago
and Cambridge. He will be obliged
soon to put many of his wires in con
duits and what improvements he will
make will be on a permanent basis
and he desired to get some kind of a
contract or agreement from the village
so that he might feel safe and secure
in his rights. Dr. Cooney stated for
the committee that it was not the de
sire of the committee or the council to
in any way place any unreasonable
restrictions on the company or place
it at any disadvantage. It was
thought best to draft a general ordi
nance that would apply to all com
panies. It was pointed out to the
council that if the ordinance was
adopted that the lines of the Rural
Telephone company or of the Maple
Leaf could be paralleled at any time.
Mr. Dickey stated that the ordinance
might be amended so that all the ne
cessary restrictions and regulations
could be embodied in it and still make
it so that the council would have the
right to say what companies might
do a telephone business in the village
which under the* charter cannot grant
any franchises and can only grant
permission to do business in the vil
lage. On motion of Trustee Craig
further action on the question was
postponed until the next regular meet
A communication was received from
Mr. Hill of St. Cloud who established
the street grades, and he made a prop
osition to the council to draft an or
dinance regulating street grades and
crossings but no action was taken by
the council.
Saaley Bridge on West Branch to be Re
paired at Once.
A meeting of the supervisors of the
township of Princeton was held last
Saturday at the Sadley bridge on the
West Branch, for the purpose of de
ciding whether or not the bridge which
for the past two years has been in a
very unsafe condition, should be re
paired. Mr. Harter, the new super
visor, was the only one of the super
visors in favor of repairing the bridge.
It was found upon examination that in
order to put it in good condition it
would be necessary to have about
three thousand feet of plank, one thou
sand of mixed lumber, and twenty-five
or thirty stringers, and a few piling.
After discussing the matter for some
time it was decided that the bridge
should be repaired and the job was let
to Pathmaster Pinkham and Constable
Sanford, who will begin work on it
this week.
Those who voted for Mr. Harter
have good cause to be satisfied with
their choice, as he is doing all he
promised to do and more and to say
that the people of West Princeton are
pleased to learn that the bridge is
soon to be in a safe condition once
more would be putting it mildly.
Other Potato Fields.
The Osseo Review in an article on
the spring potato market says:
"It will do some of our readers good
to know that we are not the only po
tato people on earth, that if the entire
State of Minnesota did not raise a po
tato it would hardly be worth com
menting upon.
"That in the state of Maine they
have one county that raised within
two million bushels as many potatoes
as the ^entire State of Minnesota
"That this is Aroostook county and
that this county produces over one
half of the entire yield of potato starch
made in the whole United States.
"That this county has sixty-four
starch factories, and the amount real
ized by the producers for starch
amounts to $420,000.
"That the prize yield for Aroostook
county is 765 bushels of potatoes on a
single acre, and the average yield per
acre rarely falls below 200 bushels.
"It will be worth while for some of
our Hennepin county potato kings to
put this in their pipe and smoke it,
and learn that there are others, when
it comes to raising potatoes."
'Rev. Gratz will preach next Sunday
morning and evening. At the morn
ing service there will be communion.
Services next Sunday morning and
F. A. Shore will hold services at G.
A. R. hall next Sunday morning and
Rev. Gronberg will hold services at
Zimmerman next Sunday forenoon at
10 a. m. and at the Congregational
church in Princeton in the afternoon
at 4 o'clock.
Next Sunday the services will be at
Estes Brook and Germany at the ap
pointed time. There will be no ser
vices in town until the 24th inst.
H. Knauff, Pastor.
Something Needed Besides Discussion and
Resolution in Making Goods Roads.
We will have from now on the usual
bad roads, and good-roads "conven
tions" and "resolutions" will be the
end of the matter until the people go
to work and do something besides
talk and resolve. There are two sides
to this good roads question and I will
try and state a few facts without any
intention of casting reflection upon
conventions or persons. One side is
that many of the roads in this and
many other parts of the State are in
an almost impassable condition a large
part of the summer season. People
find fault with the roads and they have
reason to for they are in bad condi
tion, and finally the supervisors of
the town are notified or may be the
county commissioners are asked to
repair a certain piece of bad road.
Perhaps a good-roads convention is
held about this time and the good
roads enthusiasts will say "whereas"
and therefore "resolved" etc. Super
visors, county commissioners and
good-roads convention men all say
that something must be done. Now
this is all right. Something must be
done, but here is the other side of the
question: What is to be done and how
is it to be done. Our road tax that is
worked out every year is merely a
drop in the bucket toward keeping the
roads in good repair and in many in
stances when working out a road tax
there is as much time spent in idleness
as there is in working. There* is also
a general complaint that taxes are too
high. Men are not willing to payj^
moderate tax to keep roads in repair.
This shows a lack of public spirit.
Roads cannot be built nor kept in re
pair without money. There area few
rare exceptions to this rule, as in a
few districts men have given several
days work more than their tax. There
are a number of roads laid out in this
county and some of them have been
laid out for several years that are
not opened and cannot be opened for
the lack of money to pay for the work
to be done. We can't open and keep
in repair the roads already laid and
petitions are being presented calling
for more roads to be laid out. Some
of them are needed, others are wanted
but are not a necessity.
Towns are in debt and the county is
in debt rural mail routes are being
established which are very desirable,
but they force upon us the absolute
necessity of having good roads. Now
under existing conditions what are
we going to do with this good-roads
question. It is time to do more than
to agitate this question, it is time to
work instead of talk.
The Macaroni Wheat Issue.
The Commercial West seems to be
sustained in its contention on maca
roni wheat. When objection was made
last fall to the policy of the argicul
tural department in its advocacy of
the general sowing of macaroni wheat,
Secretary Wilson made spirited re
sponse in opposition to any conser
vative suggestion affecting the prop
osition. The department had over
looked the securing of a market for
the product, however, and following
the suggestion of this paper to that
effect, the department took up this
important part of the work about
September 1 with the result that for
eign markets are not promising as an
Prof. Carleton, of the department,
who has immediate charge of the
macaroni propaganda, has grown con
servative also, and he now advocates
the general growing of macaroni only
on lands that are not adapted to
spring wheat. This is commendable
and on this basis macaroni can fight
for its standing in the markets. To
have attempted to substitute it for
spring wheat, as Secretary Wilson
urged last fall, would have been sui
cidal at this time.
But best of all, macaroni has now
an official name given it by the Wash
i ington bureau. It will be known as
"durum wheat." With durum grow
ing on the dry plains, spring wheat on
the rich soils and crops in all the
other places, the northwest ought to
I be prosperous.Commercial West.
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"rAPRIIj 7, 1904J
Long Distance 'Phone 313.
Centrally located All the comforts of home
life Unexcelled service. Equipped with every
modern convenience for the treatment and the
cure of the sick and the invalid. All forms of
Electrical Treatment. Medical Baths, Massage
X-ray Laboratory, Trained Nurses in attend
ance Only non-contagious diseases admitted,
Charges reasonable
Trained nurses furnished
for sickness in private
Medical Director.
Eyp, Ear. Nose and Throat
The Rural
Telephone Co.
Lines to Dalbo, Cambridge, Santi
ago and Qlendorado.
J8T" Good Service in Princeton and to all
adjoining points.
Patronize a Home Concern.
Service Day and Night.
Princeton. Minn.
Single and Double Rigs
at a /loments' Notice.
Commercial Travelers' Trade a Specialty
A Head Topic
Our trade has been growing gradually the past few years and we have been
making it grow by keeping nothing but the best goods and selling at a price
which would give our customers some of the profit. We have been obliged to
increase our force of clerks, in order to keep up with our rapidly increasing
trade, and can assure all our old customers and the public in general that the
best goods and the best service will always be our motto.
and Sale Stable.
Opposite Commercial Hotel.
A. H. STEEVES, Prop.
$ First Class Rigs on
hand day or night.
Drafters and drivers
always on hand.
in the way that you can buy right.
at the time when you can buy right, and
at the place where you can buy right.
buy right if you buy for cash and you
can buy right
all times if you buy at
Dealer in general merchandise,
agent for Pratt's perfumes and
toilet articles and ilcCall Bazaar
For saleOne eight-room house and
lot also one cottage with large lot.
Inquire of M. L. Wheeler.
What is nicer and more confortable than a perfect-fitting
hat. The McKlbbin is popular because it is always a good fit,
wears well, and always looks well. We have them in all
sizes, and can suit you.
Hats and Caps
of all kinds, and a big stock to select from.
l*tet and the Best in Everything
Always at Anderson's.
How about that 1
House or Barn
You intend 1
to Build? 1
Let us figure on the bill. Quality
and right prices is our motto.
North Star Lumber Co.
Foley Bean Lumber
Manufacturers and
Wholesale Dealers In
White Pine Lumber,
Lath and Shingles.
Also Sash, Doors, Mouldings and a Com*
plete Stock of Building Material.
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fr* fr*
r* Co.,t
on the shoe question. Don't pay
$5.00 for $3.50 footwear hereafter.
for yourself and the family here
and the balance will be in your
favor. We sell $5 shoes for $3.50.
There is really remarkable value In
our offerings. Our shoes fit have
style and great wearing qualities.
Putnam Fadeless Dyes
are easier to use and color more goods
brighter and faster colors than any
other dye. Sold by C. A. Jack, at
10 cents per package.
add Papers for sale at the UNION of
fice for 25c per 100. Just the thing for
acrpets and house-cleaning.

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